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PNS Daily Newscast - February 16, 2018 


Florida lawmakers put a concealed weapons bill on hold; also on today's nationwide rundown, concern about Washington State sharing immigrant activist information with ICE agents; and romance scams on the rise.

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Public News Service - NY: Poverty Issues

President Donald Trump has proposed substituting packages of commodity foods for about half of SNAP benefits. (USDA/Flickr)

NEW YORK – The budget proposed by President Donald Trump on Monday would slash funding for food assistance for low-income Americans. Under the Trump budget proposal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would substitute packages of "shelf-stable" foods, such as pasta, cereal and canned goods,

Advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities say every $1 invested in independent-living centers saves the state $9. (Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. – State funding for New York's independent-living centers hasn't increased in ten years, and that needs to change - that's the message being delivered to state lawmakers today by advocates for people with disabilities. Some 41 independent-living centers provide direct services to

Without net neutrality, ISPs can slow down or charge customers more for certain types of content. (JESHOOTS/Pixabay)

New York – Gov. Andrew Cuomo took action on Wednesday to preserve open internet access in the state of New York. The governor signed an executive order instructing state agencies to only sign contracts with internet service providers that adhere to the principles of net neutrality. That mean

Medicaid cuts would endanger services on which people with disabilities rely to stay independent, advocates say. (CIDNY)

NEW YORK – A coalition of organizations is staging a day of action Wednesday to protest cuts to health care, social services and other programs under the Republican tax bills now making their way through Congress. The tax bills now in a House-Senate conference committee would slash taxes on

Subcontracted airport workers attended Thursday's meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners. (Carmen Cusido/32BJ SEIU)

NEW YORK – It's time to keep the promise of better wages and benefits - that's the message workers from JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports delivered to the Port Authority on Thursday. In 2014, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey promised airport workers a better wage and benefit pl

New York's poverty rate is still higher than it was in 2007, before the Great Recession. (Leroy_Skalstad/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Poverty in New York is declining, but a new report says it's still above pre-recession levels and threatened cuts would undermine the progress that has been made. The report, from the Coalition on Human Needs and Citizen Action of New York, shows that in 2016 the poverty rate

Almost 685,000 New York children were enrolled in CHIP in 2016. (Semevent/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – The House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill to refinance the Children's Health Insurance Program, but the funding is still in doubt. Nationwide, 9 million children, including almost 685,000 in New York, get their health insurance through CHIP. Funding for the program

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria, 84 percent of Puerto Rico still has no power. (WikiImages/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – In New York, California, Indiana, Illinois and Washington D.C., activists held a National Day of Action on Wednesday, calling on Congress to pass a recovery aid package for Puerto Rico. Three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, almost 90 percent of the island is still without electr

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